“So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10 (ESV)
The author of these words is reminding us and pointing back to the time when God created the world. We remember that the Bible tells us that after God had finished the work of creation, He rested (Genesis 2:2). This meant that the work He had planned to do was all done. Our verse today also reminds us that God wants us to rest too. We can call this the rest of faith. God doesn't want us to continue to keep trying to be good enough to earn this rest. He wants us to accept what Jesus has done for us through faith-believing and to allow His work to make us good enough. He offers us rest and He has made it possible for us to enter that rest. We really do not please God by trying harder, we please Him by trusting what He has already done for us and trusting Him to work in our lives each day – even today. This is the promise of rest we have been given. Not because we did it but because Jesus did it for us and we believe it by faith.
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